Quick Bites: 3.11.20
Mission Taco Joint has partnered with local spirits brand One Life Spirits to create a new private label tequila. Mission Taco Joint Una Vida Blanco Tequila is available at all six of the restaurant’s locations. The blend was specially created to pair well with the eatery’s signature cocktails, specifically the Mission Margarita—which accounts for 70% of beverages sold!
opens and closes
Zenwich will open in the Central West End in April. The sandwich and ramen eatery comes from Blue Ocean Restaurant owner Chai Ploentham. … In more CWE food news, Mike Randolph is bringing a new Italian concept to the former Scape location. Edera is set to open in May with Mick Fumo as executive chef. … Guerrilla Street Food has closed its flagship brick-and-mortar at 3559 Arsenal St. and the Maryland Heights location. … Tani Sushi Bistro unexpectedly shut its doors at 7726 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton. The popular spot originally opened in 2008 on Bemiston Avenue before moving to its recent location in 2014. Future plans for the restaurant are unclear.
taking the helm
French foodies have something to buzz about. Kevin Tierney is now executive chef at Vin de Set. He has previously stretched his culinary muscles in Chicago at the popular Marche and several acclaimed restaurants in Las Vegas. Local kitchens he’s worked in include St. Louis Country Club, Bistro 1130, Robust Wine Bar and Eleven Eleven Mississippi.
winner, winner, chicken dinner
Fans of fried chicken, rejoice! Mike Johnson, co-owner of Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe Drive-In, is planning to open Chicken Out this spring in The Loop in the former home of Piccione Pastry, which closed last September. The menu will focus on chicken sandwiches, but vegetarians and vegans can look forward to a plant-based option being developed in-house. The new concept is expected to open in May, but menu items already
have been tested at Hi-Pointe.
hot diggity dog
Steve Ewing closed the doors of his eponymous restaurant in Tower Grove East on Feb. 1, but thanks to a powerful community response and intervention from investor Danni Eickenhorst, Steve’s Hot Dogs is back in business. As for the menu, not much will change. Hot dog fans can look forward to enjoying old favorites and sampling a few new items.